Proposed changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
The European Commission has published a draft Directive, which if adopted, will replace the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC).
In light of the EU and the UK Government needed to reduce emission targets and provide greater energy efficiency it was felt necessary to make changes to the existing Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
The draft directive aims to be a clearer, extended, strengthened and reinforced version of the existing Directive.
A key theme of the draft Directive is the importance of the public sector leading by example, so it is envisaged that they should be set higher energy performance targets and they must comply with all aspects of the new draft Directive by 31 December 2010 rather than 31 January 2012 in the existing Directive.
Key changes of the draft Directive include:
- Any new buildings with a total useful floor area of over 1,000 square metres will have to assess the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of alternative heating and energy supply systems before construction commences
- Existing buildings with a total useful floor area of over 1,000 square meters that are to undergo major renovation must ensure that the energy performance of the building is upgraded to meet minimum energy performance requirements
- Minimum energy performance requirements will also now apply to the installation of technical building systems eg heating and lighting
- By 31 December 2010 all buildings where a public authority occupies over 250 square meters of the total useful area will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). It will also become mandatory for any building that has a total useful floor area of over 250 square meters that is "frequently visited by the public" to display their Energy Performance Certificate
- An EPC must now also be accompanied by recommendations on how to cost-effectively improve the energy performance of the building
A copy of the draft directive can be downloaded here